Well yes, it finally saw the light and it couldn’t be better than this. The full version of the epic blockbuster designed and shot by Zack Snyder is finally available (in Italy on Sky and NowTV), after almost 4 years of purgatory for DC fans, the moment of redemption has come. Here, then, is the review of Zack Snyder’s Justice League
ORIGINAL TITLE: Zack Snyder’s Justice League. KIND: cinecomic. NATION: United States. DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder. CAST: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Willem Dafoe, Amy Adams, Ray Fisher. time: 232 minutes. DISTRIBUTION: Warner Bros. EXIT: March 18, 2021
Justice League, the film released in cinemas around the world in 2017 was born from the initial direction of Zack Snyder. However, the director had to abandon the project in the final phase due to a family bereavement. This led to the decision to leave in the hands of the other director Joss Whedon additional shots and post production. The result was a completely distorted film compared to Terrio and Snyder’s initial project, which greatly disappointed the audience. Here you can find our review of the 2017 version.
The plot is roughly the same as the movie released in 2017. After Superman’s death at the hands of Doomsday in Batman V Superman, Wayne wants to honor his memory and decides to form a team of guardians with superhuman abilities, thus forming the Justice League: Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. Everyone is ready for the arrival of Steppenwolf, servant of the warrior prince of the planet Apokolips Darkseid. Steppenwolf, to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of his master, aims to recover three Mother Boxes, cubes created thanks to a super evolved sentient and miniaturized science that can destroy or revitalize anything, for them the matter is all convertible and modifiable. This ability of the Boxes leads the heroes to think they can bring their natural leader back to life: Superman. But not everything will go as they predicted.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a true four-hour epic. Finally the film does justice to what are not just DC comics but the characters themselves. If in the 2017 version a lot was really patched up and almost nothing was understood about the heroes or the reasons why Steppenwolf was looking for the boxes, now finally the characters are framed in their own personal context before being dragged into the Justice League. In four hours there is no boring or out of context moment, no part is superfluous. Editing and photography are incredible, the tones as Snyder had anticipated are dark and cruel. the violence is evident and the villains are well contextualized and written. Many have also noticed a certain similarity between Darkseid and Thanos, an observation more than correct in fact but with a clarification to make: Darkseid in the DC comics is a full five years prior to Thanos in those Marvel, which is why accusing Snyder of having somehow “copied” would be a grave mistake. The battles are well done and not too fast to be inexplicable, all clearly in full Snyder style with details like the weapons that reflect and create chiaroscuro and a considerable amount of slow motion.
As anticipated in this full version the lesser known characters are finally contextualized. The one who practically changes their role by entering a totally different dynamic than the 2017 version is Victor aka Cyborg. The latter, in fact, as an almost superfluous character, turned out to be the pulsating center of the narrative. Let’s find out the story behind the creation of Cyborg and his relationship with his “twice father” and above all his infinite potential, so much so that he can somehow control the boxes from the inside. In short, in Zack Snyder’s Justice League we find what we hadn’t found in the film four years ago: a well-made script. Screenplay that could not fail to be good because to be able to keep up 232 minutes of film you need a solid foundation if you don’t want to end up among the worst films ever.
It is also impossible not to mention the music. The music throughout the film is incredible, engaging and help to create the right atmosphere for the entire 4 hours of viewing. A cure that would have been even more appreciated during a cinematic viewing in the IMAX room with immersive surround sound.
If the final scene of Justice League was to be the one with Deathstroke e Lex Luthor this time, however, an extra sequence was added. Darkseid is on earth and is bringing death and desolation, the League is practically destroyed, only Batman and Cyborg remain unexpectedly accompanied by Mera and another character never seen before (but not explained later) Deathstroke and above all Joker. There are hints of possible multiverses, the death of Aquaman and The Flash, but above all we see for the first time Superman arrives in his “evil” and antagonist version of the Justice League. It is also introduced Martian Manhunter, but without giving it a precise location. All this leads to think of a possible sequel of colossal proportions, a film that will hardly see the light. An epilogue therefore that could greatly exalt the fans especially thanks to an incredibly engaging dialogue between Joker e Batman (with a not very credible technical performance due to the fact that it was shot at different times and not really between the two actors), but that will hardly satisfy those who would like to know more about what really happened and what could happen next.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is exactly the cinecomic we needed. Perhaps because it was created with a message of hope and love due to the events the director went through, perhaps because there is a real desire and need to go back to watching blockbusters in a movie theater, but whatever the reason this film has brought DC back to a level. excellent by making you forget the previous version of the film and restoring dignity to one of the most engaging comic stories ever. Four hours that literally fly by and a film that one would want more of. Action, emotion, a huge human message make the new Justice League the only Justice League worth remembering over the years.
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